Spike Lee’s English language remake of South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s 2003 classic revenge thriller Oldboy is set for wide release on Oct. 11, 2013, announced FilmDistrict, the independent film company distributing the movie, on Friday.
The original film follows Min-sik Choi as an average man kidnapped and imprisoned by an unknown enemy for 15 years, and who, once released, seeks to find his captor. Lee’s remake stars Josh Brolin in the lead role, as an advertising executive kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without knowledge of his captor’s motive, according to FilmDistrict. When released, he goes on a mission to discover “who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment,” according to a statement. He becomes involved in an “ill-fated relationship” with a much younger social worker, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and he also becomes connected to “an illusive man who allegedly holds the key to his salvation,” played by Sharlto Copley. The movie also stars always fierce Samuel L. Jackson.
With its beautifully stylized cinematography and high grade of orchestrated violence, plus Choi’s completely wild-eyed, emotional acting throughout, Park’s Oldboy sets the bar high for Lee, and Brolin.
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